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Like more than a few good things in life, my whisky passion started with a dram, a dram of whisky on my wedding day. It was nothing fancy mind, just an aptly named “Founders Reserve”.  From there I dived deep into the whisky ocean, and went - like a lot of you I imagine - on a wonderful journey of discovery.  A journey not just of taste, places, and special moments in time...but of whisky people and their stories.

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East Coast Whisky represents the continuation of this journey, into sharing with you what whisky is out there, the experiences and stories it brings, and the people it meets along its way.

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For UKRAINE LIVE @ The Edinburgh Larder - Friday 13th May

Updated: May 3, 2022

ONLY 4 Spaces Left, so book soon to avoid dissapointment!!

Following on from the success of the online charity tasting event (£6000+ raised for Ukraine so far), I am delighted to host a food, whisky and raffle night at The Edinburgh Larder (15 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NB) on Friday 13th May. This will be the first live in person whisky event, that I've hosted in exactly 26 months. How appropriate that we can finally come together, and raise money for those caught up in the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine in this way.

The Whiskies

Count them, that's fourteen incredible drams. Collectors & Companies have been so so generous...

Clynelish, Jura, Secret Blend, Scapa, Secret Islay, Benromach, Highland Park

Bunnahabhain '73, Wolfburn for Ukraine, Springbank, Ledaigs, Port Dundas,

The Balvenie

The Food

The Edinburgh Larder is planning a feast for us, their proposed menu!!…

Starter - Smoked salmon, New potato salad, picked beetroot and dill oil

Main - spring lamb rump, creamy mash, grilled apricot pure, charred spring onions and fresh peas

Dessert - dark chocolate torte with rhubarb sorbet (a couple of Scottish cheese as an alternative)

The Raffle

As well as 20cl+ of each of the above bottles, attendees will also have the chance to win some or all of these beauties, for the price of a £20 raffle ticket!! And there will be some other surprises too.

The Details

The evening will start at 7pm - please arrive promptly - and finishes at around 1opm.

Tickets are £100, which includes everything and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at £20 per ticket, either when you buy your ticket, or on the night for cash.

Tickets & extra raffle tickets can be purchased through PayPal: (please use friends & family).

Please give generously. Funds raised will be going to

When you purchase, please also email me how many tickets, and how many raffle tickets you have bought to dram@eastcoastwhisky

Places are limited to 25 people, and there are only 4 left!!

I am really looking forward to this magical evening, please come, and also spread the word about this very special and generous event!! Support UKRAINE #peacenow

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